It goes without saying that the right music can push a gym session from yay to yeehaw, which makes headphones one of your workout essentials. And when choosing headphones for your most vigorous workouts (be it the daily treadmill, bicycling or weights) sweat-proof is the way to go—you want a pair that won't slip out or become super slippery when things are heating up (when you work out, that is)!
These days, headphones associated with fitness or workouts are primarily wireless, meaning there aren't any wires other than the ones that conjoin the earpieces and your smartphone or music player. The lack of wires frees up your range of motion. Truly wireless buds eliminate that as well. But then again, there is a downside of true wireless, which make them limiting to use as full-time buds. The battery life is invariably short but it’s long enough for gym and running purposes.
The sound signature of every device is typically mentioned among those small icons on the collection page. Pick the earphones that give you your desired sound signature.
Sound Signatures in a nutshell.
The design is important not only in terms of looks but also durability and usability. Features like minimal flat cables, a neckband or no-neckband fit and metal housings and accessible microphone signify good built and design.
It is nice to feel secure about your belongings. When you are investing in a good sports earphone, expect a good after-sales service. Longer the warranty period, more durable the product (or service you can expect). Only original products come with warranty, sobeware of fakes! All products sold on our website carry a manufacturer's warranty and you can read more about warrantyhere.
If you need a workout buddy, you do have a few options. Look for a device that provides IPX-rated sweat resistance as well as a good fit.
A battery life that would last you for a day would be an ideal pick, won't it?
Without further ado, here's he Headphone Guru's Handbook to choosing the perfect earphones for Sports and Workouts when on a budget.
The Guru Says
"The same high-quality build and clear, detailed sound in a wireless form, makes the MA390 Wireless one of the best in this category."
- Varun Soni
The RHA MA390 Wireless offers affordability, awe-inspiring build, and a 3 year manufacturer's warranty which is one of the highest at this price point. Be it your usual workouts or that morning jog we think the RHA MA390 Wireless are your go-to pair. They utilize a neckband design, offer great wireless connectivity with next to no dropouts (God bless aptX!) and, most importantly, they produce high-quality audio for 8-hours in one charge.
Designed in Scotland, the RHA MA390 Wireless is beautifully built with its all-aluminium housing and enclosed design. The 6063-grade aluminum which is RHA's equivalent for fancy aluminum feels much more premium than the price tag suggests.
The GoodPremium build quality with a flexi-neckband fit
The BadIPX4 rating is standard, however IPX6 would've been better (Scroll back up for the low-down on IP-ratings)
What makes you different is what makes you stand out! A minimalist but stylish design, the Urbanista Boston has a earbud fit when paired with the right earfins and makes it ideal for workouts. A 6-hours battery life is just about enough for a day's workout. A breezy look and a ergonomic fit make it a great pick.
The GoodFine tuned drivers for detailed sound coupled with a rich bass response
The BadThe isolation isn't great when compared to an in-ear fit
The 1MORE iBFree Sport is an absolute budget killer. As the name suggests, it is purely designed for Sports and carries an IPX6 rating making it a favourite for workouts. The bass is tight and controlled, and does not overpower the other frequencies given it has a slightly V-shaped sound.
The GoodA V-shaped sound with a good bass output
The BadThe microphone quality could've been better
The Sony MDR-XB50BS is affordably priced, sweat-resistant, battery life is good at 8.5 hours and the headphone has strong bass performance. Audio purists might not like this sound signature, but those seeking thump in their music would love these. EDM & trance fans should check this out: It is a bound to create a party in your head as it more suited for party, house, and electronic music.
The GoodExtra Bass sound to boost your workouts
The BadThe design is not that of a traditional in-ear and could come off as bulky to some
The Plantronics BackBeat FIT 350 incorporates the best of the previous iterations and brings in a few more modifications with more pronounced bass and clearer mids. An IPX5 rating and 6 hour battery life make it a great pick for sports!
The GoodA non-fatiguing listening session and superior isolation
The BadNo volume controls